WHILE MOST OF US BELIEVE PROFOUNDLY IN THE PRINCIPLE OF ‘GUIDANCE,’ IT WAS SOON APPARENT THAT TO RECEIVE IT ACCURATELY, CONSIDERABLE SPIRITUAL PREPARATION WAS NECESSARY.
— Bill Wilson, AA Co-founder

A selection of articles relating to the practice of Two Way Prayer


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This page hosts articles that may be helpful to you in understanding and practicing Two Way Prayer. Some are original Oxford Group writings, others were written by Father Bill W. of Austin, Texas.

The Oxford Group was an Evangelical Christian movement formed in the 1920’s by a Lutheran minister named Frank Buchman. In 1908, Buchman underwent a profound but simple spiritual experience that broke through a strong resentment he had been harboring against a group of six men. He saw that his resentment had been blocking his relationship with God and that he was “the seventh wrong man” and made his amends to the group. Over the next several years, Buchman began to gather spiritual principles and practices to continue the “life-change” he had undergone and began helping others do the same. The tools his groups used included approaching faith as an experiment, undergoing a spiritual surrender, taking a moral inventory, making amends to those harmed, practicing prayer and meditation that included listening for divine guidance, and helping bring others enter into a direct and “life-changing” relationship with God.  

While Buchman believed God was using him to bring about a change in the world that could help it avoid a Second World War, alcoholics, at the time, were also in need of change and were attracted to his program. Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob, as well as many of the AA pioneers, were active members of the Oxford Group before they separated to form Alcoholics Anonymous.    

Father Bill W.
is a recovered alcoholic and an Episcopal priest who has worked in the addiction treatment field for over 45 years. Bill presents workshops and retreats throughout the country and writes frequently on AA’s spiritual history and Two Way Prayer. His article titled “Two Way Prayer: A Lost Tool for Practicing AA’s 11th Step” was recently published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. He received the Wheelock Whitney Award given to “the man or woman who has advanced the understanding of faith and science in addiction prevention and recovery.” The award is presented annually by the Johnson Institute of Washington D.C.

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Oxford Group Books and Articles:

How to Listen God
Chaplain John Batterson

What Is the Oxford Group?
By a Layman with a Notebook

Soul Surgery
By H.A. Walter

Father Bill W. Articles:

Step Eleven - The Rest of My Story: How the History Changed My Life
Father Bill W.

Two Way Prayer: A Lost Tool for Practicing the 11th Step
Bill Wigmore, BA and Matthew Stanford, PhD

Step One: Powerless
Father Bill W.

Step One: Hopeless
Father Bill W.

Step Three
Father Bill W.